Full-Time Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Rainforest Trust, a global leader in the protection of tropical ecosystems and endangered wildlife, seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Since its founding in 1988, Rainforest Trust has protected over 23 million acres of ecologically significant land across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. When combined with ongoing projects (totaling over 30 million acres), Rainforest Trust will have helped provide refuge for 65 percent of the world’s bird species, 41 percent of all mammal species, and 25 percent of all amphibian species. This significant conservation impact is made possible through Rainforest Trust’s focused strategy of collaborating with respected conservationists and effective in-country partners to identify the highest priority ecosystems upon which the world’s most threatened species depend, and then creating reserves that are exemplars of sustained international conservation. As a result of the launch of the SAVES (Safeguarding Areas Vital to Endangered Species) Challenge, Rainforest Trust will have raised more than $100 million USD between 2016 and 2020 to protect 50 million acres in perpetuity.
Reporting to a 14-member Board of Directors, the CEO oversees a current staff of 41, an annual operating budget of $5.3 million, and annual commitments of approximately $20 million supporting more than 100 projects. The position calls for a bold, strategic, and decisive leader, manager, and spokesperson with a passion for and experience in field-based wildlife and protected area conservation. Strengths in collaboration and partnership development are critical, particularly in an international context. Communications and fundraising skills and thoughtful staff leadership are essential, as is proven commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.